BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team lost in its regular season finale Saturday afternoon, falling to undefeated Sewanee 16-9 on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.
The Panthers fell to 3-8 overall and 2-5 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Tigers moved to 16-0 overall and 7-0 in the SAA, clinching the No. 1 seed in next week's SAA Championship. BSC will play as the sixth seed, facing either Rhodes or Centre in the first round next Saturday, April 18, hosted by the higher seed. The top four seeds in the standings host quarterfinal matches, followed by the semifinals and finals at the site of the top seed in Sewanee, Tenn., April 25-26.
It was Senior Day for the Panthers, with lone senior Paige Holderfield being honored in a pregame ceremony.
BSC opened the game's scoring within the first minute with an unassisted goal by freshman Ashley Shepherd, followed by two Tiger goals in quick succession. Junior Amanda Amerson found the back of the net at the 25:43 mark to tie things up at 2-2, but a goal from Mallory Grimm—her second of eight on the day—put Sewanee back up 3-2 at the 23:03 mark. BSC answered with two straight, however, the first from freshman Natalie Daniel to tie it up 3-3 and then another from Amerson to put the Panthers ahead 4-3 with 17:30 left in the half. That would be the final lead of the game for BSC, though, as the Tigers rattled off four straight goals to close out the half with a 7-4 advantage.
Sewanee continued its scoring streak to open the second half, scoring four more to pull ahead 11-4 by the 26:49 mark. Sophomore Hannah Hudson broke the Tigers' scoring run 30 seconds later, but Sewanee put two more up after that for their largest lead of the game, 13-5, with 22:57 left to play. Shepherd scored twice in a row after that, both off free position shots, and after another Sewanee goal she added one more to cut it to 14-8 with 10:31 on the clock. The Tigers would score twice more after that, tying their largest lead at 16-8, before Shepherd found the net for the final goal of the game.
Shepherd led the Panthers with five goals, while Amerson had two and Daniel and Hudson had one apiece. Amerson led with eight ground balls, while Daniel led with eight draw controls. Junior Shana O'Brien led with three caused turnovers. Freshman goalkeeper Chloe Massoni played all 60 minutes and recorded 10 saves.